Thoughts on Joe Girardi

As far as I can tell, there is no statistical way to quantify a manager’s affect on wins and losses. Some say that managers have no bearing, that only performance by the players leads to victories and losses. Others lay of lot of credit to the guy that makes out the lineup card, makes pitching changes and is somewhat responsible for the way the team is run. It seems that most managers that have managed a long time have those value decisions made for them. But what do you go by? Many times, a manager’s overall record over time is considered. But again, a guy could get four jobs managing really bad teams. Does that make him a lousy manager? Joe Girardi has an overall managerial record of .570 and is .591 with the Yankees. That’s impressive. But how much credit can you give him?

I have often wondered if the Pythagorean won-loss record is any indication of a manager’s ability.… Click here to read the rest

Yanks vs. M’s: Special Series Preview: 4 questions with Scott Weber

The Yankees take on the Mariners for a weekend series in the Bronx. Some guy is going to make his season debut on Sunday. To get us ready for the series, I asked my long time Internet baseball buddy Scott Weber some questions about his beloved Seattle Mariners. Scott and I go way back thanks to this forum, where I got my start in Internet baseball way back in 2005-2006. Scott’s answers to my questions are after the jump:… Click here to read the rest

Waiting on the second coming

This time is different, however, because this series marks the return of Jesus Montero to Yankee Stadium. Montero, the top prospect in the Yankees’ farm system for some time, made a September cameo in pinstripes last year and tantalized Yankee fans with a .421 wOBA and a .328/.406/.590 batting line with four home runs in 69 plate appearances. It was the performance we’d all been waiting on since Montero jumped onto the radar screen…and then it was over. One Friday night, with pretty much no advance indication whatsoever, news broke that the Yankees had traded Montero and Hector Noesi to Seattle in exchange for Michael Pineda and Jose Campos. After years of build up and anticipation, the Montero Era was over before it had even begun.

The trade was controversial from the beginning, but it’s become a bona fide flashpoint now that Pineda is on the shelf for the entire 2012 season following shoulder surgery. The truth of the matter, however, is that the trade hasn’t really worked out for Seattle so far either.… Click here to read the rest

Sabathia wins battle of aces – Yankees win the series

About that bad start. The Rays scored single runs in both the first and second innings thanks in large parts to a pair of errors by Eduardo Nunez. The first error in the first inning would have been the third out and extended the inning. It could have been worse though as after the error, Carlo Pena hit a bloop over Cano’s head to score a run. Jeff Keppinger tried to score from second but Nick Swisher charged the ball and threw a strike to the plate to get the third out and prevent the inning from blowing up.

After Price worked around two singles in the bottom of the first, Elliot Johnson led off the inning with a single. The Chris Gimenez grounded to Nunez and he threw the ball away. Two innings, two errors–one with the glove, the other with his arm. Sabathia almost worked out of the jam as he got the next two batters. But he made a bad two-strike pitch to Sean Rodriguez, who singled to plate the second run.… Click here to read the rest